Genypterus capensis (Smith, 1847)
Kingklip
Genypterus capensis
photo by Le Noury, P.

Family:  Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels), subfamily: Ophidiinae
Max. size:  180 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 15 kg
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 50 - 500 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Walvis Bay, Namibia to Algoa Bay, South Africa. Distinctiveness of this species and Genypterus blacodes is unclear (Ref. 34024).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 150; Anal soft rays: 110. Head and body usually pinkish to orangish with dark spots and blotches especially dorsally (Ref. 34024).
Biology:  Occur in rocky areas of the shelf and upper continental slope. Juveniles found in shallow waters than adults (Ref. 36731). Benthic and common species (Ref. 34024). Feed on dragonets, mantis shrimps, hake, squid, and various fishes (Ref. 27121). Spawning occurs from August to October. Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205). Utilized fresh and frozen; can be fried and baked (Ref. 9988).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 17.10.90
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 27.08.94

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